The Pakistan government has already given the Taliban control of the Swat Valley which only increased the appetite of these fanatics to extend their control even further into the neighboring district with no end in sight to further advances. President Zardari assured the world there was no chance the Taliban would gain control of his nation’s nuclear weapons and promised the army had everything under control. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made clear the United States could not envision the Taliban in control of nuclear weapons which suggests there might be plans for some type of armed intervention unless Zardari and the Pakistan army show some fight.
The Taliban is within a hundred miles of the capital but Zardari insists there is nothing to fear. He made a deal with the Taliban allowing them to control the Swat Valley in exchange for peace and the only peace that has resulted is the Taliban taking more and more pieces of Pakistan. The unanswered question is where does the Pakistan army stand in this mess?
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Pakistan simply can not escape some form of turmoil and its people have never enjoyed a few years of peace and calm. The latest eruption stemmed from anger on the part of Nawaz Sharif to use anger among Pakistan lawyers as a tool in his bid for power in government. Thousands of lawyers are still angry at President Musharraf who fired Supreme Court Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and replaced him with someone who would not anger the government. After Musharraf was forced from office, Sharif wanted the new president, Asif Ali Zardari to reinstate Chaudhry, but the president retained the Musharraf appointee. Sharif was banned from politics by the current courts and is now formenting anger among lawyers in order to force a change in government and get back his right to participate in politics.
Zardari sees Chaudhry as a threat to his own power. A proposed compromise would create a constitutional court and an appellate court and Chaudhry would head one. Under the compromise, Sharif who was chief minister in Punjab would get the right to appeal his removal and the province assembly would appoint a new chief minister. There are no perfect solutions in life.
Somehow, Pakistan has to get back to focusing on ending the Taliban and al-Qaeda threat or there will be a disaster that could shake the world.